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's bring in former cia operative and cnn analyst bob baer. help us make some sense of this. the concern is that there was a slip, right? that this was someone you should have had eyes on, and you didn't. what does it mean to you? >> i think, you know, when i first looked at this, i didn't think it was an intelligence failure. i now do think it is -- there should have been, you know, an algorithm running through the databases. the first warning from the russians in 2011, his departure going to dagestan, like going to the tribal areas of pakistan, it is a red flag, his coming back, and, of course, the purchase of weapons, a cell phone call, that should have all been integrated into what is called big data. and the fbi should have been back on him and i think the fbi needs to explain why it wasn't. >> very important here. we have been very hot on this. and not because you want to blame. it is about safety, right? the concern is that you don't avoid the hard questions and looking at yourselves as coordinated agencies, just to cover yourself, because then you don't learn -- then you don't fi
walsh who joins us now from the region. also joining us, former cia officer bob baer. what do we know about what the older brother did in the six months that he was back in russia last year? >> reporter: well, speaking to the aunt, although he arrived here according to u.s. officials in january, she wasn't aware of him turning up until march, so it's a slight gap where we don't know quite where he was. he then hung around family members here, making perhaps a couple of trips to see relatives in chechnya. he appears to have been joined by his father in round about may as well but the key thing, the aunt noticed, was how much he had changed from the five years before when she had seen him, he had been that time in america and had become a very devout muslim, she said, saying it should be in the very center of his life. he actually refused to even look women he wasn't related to in the eye. after of course his return to the u.s. in july, we do know that on his youtube channel, he posted a link to extremist militant video here in the north caucasus in dagestan, a man who subsequently in d
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